Load ‘Em Up
Well, Mervin finally has some colour and some of the load is now glued in place. It’s looking pretty good, all in all. You learn something new with each carving and although there are a few things that I would now do differently, I’m really pleased with the way this carving is turning out.
I picked up a nice piece of maple for a base and carved in some cobblestone and painted it using a reddish-brown and highlighted with burnt umber and yellow ochre. In between the cobblestones is a sand coloured acrylic paint with a wash over it of the same colour as the bricks.
Notice in behind the carving there was a bit of a dead space that just didn’t look right, so I added a little sewer opening. I like the way it fits in with the carving and makes it look like Mervin has just stepped off of the curb and is on his way down the road.
By the way, the maple was very, very hard. I think I’ll return to a softer hardwood on my next carving.